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Key Stage 3 Music

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At key stage 3 we deliver a well-rounded curriculum enabling students to appreciate music from different cultures around the world and time periods. The course enables students to understand printed music in a variety of formats including graphic scores, guitar tablature and traditional notation. Below are just a few of the topics which will be covered during key stage 3.

Year 7 Music

Elements and Graphic Scores
Aim: To understand the meaning of Tempo, Texture, Timbre, Structure, Duration, Pitch and Dynamics and how they are used in the creation of music.
By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

How to write and read a simple graphic score.

The meaning of the individual elements of sound

How vibration is linked to pitch

The basics of beat and rhythm.



Music Literacy – Music of China

Aim: To use the Chinese pentatonic scale and other traditional techniques to be able to compose a piece of music.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

How a drone and ostinato are used in traditional Chinese music

Reading and playing accented beats

Reading and playing Semi-Breves, Minims, Crotchets, Quavers and Semiquavers




Music Literacy – Melodic Notation and Keyboard Techniques

Aim: To understand the basic principles of electronic keyboard functions and keyboard technique and to use them effectively in composing and performing music.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • Basic keyboard functions (voices and ‘styles’)
  • Finger positioning at the keyboard
  • Notes of the treble clef and their positions at the keyboard




Year 8 Music - Djembe and the Music of Africa

Aim: To aurally recognise and appreciate instrumental and rhythmic

characteristics of certain African Music.

To learn African percussion techniques and utilise them in composition.

To learn about the construction of African percussion and how this

effects timbre.

To develop standard and non-standard means of notating rhythm.

To develop individual and ensemble skills within a percussion group.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

Developing rhythmic skill and awareness.

Developing percussion techniques and understanding.

Developing individual and group composition skills.

Developing self-appraisal, project development and presentation skills.

How Instruments work

Aim: To understand how instruments from all orchestral families produce sound. To use this knowledge as part of a practical project.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • How string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments create sounds
  • Why traditional instruments are built to particular shapes
  • How to use knowledge of how instruments work in creating an instrument using items found at home

Year 9 Music - Music for film and media

Aim: To understand the principles of composing music to a narrative stimulus. To enable pupils to understand the function of film soundtracks.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:
  • How film music can be made from a motif
  • How a motif can be developed through varying elements of music

Fanfares

Aim: To appreciate the role of fanfares within history and the cultural context. To develop an understanding of the instruments found in fanfares. To compose and perform a fanfare.

By the end of this unit students are expected to understand:

Developing cultural understanding.

Developing melodic harmonic and rhythmic techniques.

Developing notation skills through the writing of traditionally notated music